Hot water is a luxury that we have come to rely on. A tanked water heater has a life expectancy of about 10 to 15 years. If your system is at least that old, it’s a very good idea to plan for a replacement in event of a failure. If you plan to continue using a tanked water heater, read on to find out what you should look for when shopping for a new one.
The number of people in your home, along with water usage habits, determines what size water heater you will need. Below is a table with a general guideline:
Even if you plan to replace your system with one that is the same size. measure the space where your existing one currently sits. New guidelines and standards have caused manufacturers to change the size and/or shape of their tanks.
The two main types of water heaters are gas and electric. Typically, gas water heaters cost less to operate, but cost more upfront than electric. However, you may be limited in your choices by what is available in your area.
Another aspect to take into consideration is the first hour rating (FHR). This is how much hot water a tank can produce in a single hour when it is fully heated. The FHR reflects the water heater’s efficiency (how quickly the unit can reheat the water). According to Energy Star, water heaters are the second highest source of energy usage in the home.
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Whether you are looking to avoid an emergency situation by replacing an old water heater now, or you are just researching in the event that you need to replace your system, we can help you. Contact 1-800-anytyme via our contact form or call (760) 477-0072 to speak with a member of our team today.